Sunday, November 30, 2008

I am being followed

I got on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and have been playing around with it to link up my status on my sites. It is kind of stupid because a lot of what it has been used for has been 'What's April eating?" when I put our sumptuous brunch of leftover apple pie and bacon up on Friday. I also posted about how I was on vacation the week before.

The last couple of days have been very interesting on Twitter. Twitter was the source a lot of the news coming out of the India Mumbai tragedy. It was like a stream of mini blogs. The topic #Mumbai is there if you search for it on Twitter it is where I found the link to the live TV coverage. I watched a lot of it. I also looked at all the Twitter messages. There lots of messages posted and there was and still is a dialog going on about who is responsible and what should happen next using Twitter. Between the video and the postings the world has shrunk yet again.

In reading all the Twitter posts and reading peoples profile I found a link to Barack Obama and decided to follow it. I got a notice today that now I am being followed. Here is the email.

Hi, April.

Barack Obama (BarackObama) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out Barack Obama's profile here:


It is amazing to have a connected president. Using Twitter you could have a lot of people voice their opinion on a given subject with some visibility.

So then I started thinking about how if Obama can see my tweet (that's what you call a Twitter post) I would say how I would love to be the US ambassador to France. I was also reading about the gentleman Bush appointed. OMG! Can you say thanks for the donation any louder W?

I think I probably speak more French than Mr. Stapleton after reading that article. I have roots in France. Who do you think President Sarkosy would rather see at a meeting? Me or somebody like Craig Stapleton. Well Craig is on the way out anyway.

You can link to me on Twitter as levisagedavril

It's a lot of fun.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

I am sorry for what is still happening in India.

I am thankful to be back home with my honey. I am thankful for my kids. I am thankful I still have a job. I am thankful we have a new President. I think this is an exciting time watching the economy evolve. I think of it as being like that feeling when you are at the very top of a roller coaster looking down there is that rush of adrenaline and all of a sudden you are racing down hill at a high rate of speed.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Warm regards,


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Some Paris Pics

Our Ford Mini Van

Road to Meudon at rush hour

Metro Station

Champs Elysées

Near Champs Elysées

My Metro stop

Hallways in Porte de Saint-Cloud Metro Station

Monday, November 3, 2008

Out of State Mormon Money Funds Yes on 8


Out of State Mormons Just Gave $3 Million More to End Gay Marriage
New Mormon Total = $22 Million!!!

LOS ANGELES, CA – With days to go before the second most watched election in the nation, the really big Mormon money has been pouring in from Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona like never before.

Led by Alan Ashton of Lindon, Utah who gave $1,000,000 on October 29th, the Mormon Power Grab by funding 77% of the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign has gone off the charts. Ashton is a Mormon and grandson of David O. McKay, President of the Mormon Church from 1951-1970. He made his fortune in software.

The new Mormon money total contributed to pass California’s Proposition 8 is now a staggering $22 million dollars!

Just 8 out of state Mormons have given $2 million of the $3 million total in the last week alone. These are the 8 who have given $100,000 and more:

Alan Ashton, Lindon, Utah $1,000,000
Hartford Holdings, Provo, Utah $300,000
David Moon, Alpine, Utah $200,000
Michelle Adams Watterson, Cache, Utah $100,000
Roger Bayer, Salt Lake City, Utah $100,000
Katharine, Garff, Bountiful, Utah, $100,000
Belinda Vandersloot, Idaho Falls, Idaho $100,000
The Vineyard Group (Cardon & Haitt Families), Mesa, Arizona $100,000

There are dozens and dozens of more Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona individuals and businesses that have given between $1000 and $50,000 since our last Mormon Money Watch on October 24th for an additional $1 million. They are listed on the California Secretary of State’s web site:

Now with the additional $3 million of late Mormon money contributed over the last 9 days added to the $19.15 million previously given by over 59,000 Mormon families, the new total is over $22 million. This makes Prop. 8 the largest Mormon political undertaking in the 178 year history of the Mormon Church.

There were reports circulating on the blogs recently that the big out of state Mormon money was going to come in late to avoid scrutiny, and that of course is just what has happened.

On June 20th, three days after same-sex marriage became legal in California, the top leadership in the Church, known as the First Presidency, sent a letter to be read to all Mormons to "do all you can to pass Proposition 8." The Wall Street Journal reported on September 20th, that church members were told "their souls would be in jeopardy" if they do not donate money. Since then they have pushed the other leadership of the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign aside, and have taken over all facets of the campaign.

Please take a minute to read this excellent column from today’s Salt Lake Tribune by Columnist Rebecca Walsh:
It details why the Mormon Church has taken over this campaign and raises many questions as to its motivation.

Californians Against Hate was organized by veteran political consultant Fred Karger in July of this year to act as a truth squad, and tell the world who is funding California’s Yes on 8 campaign. It has recommended certain actions against some of the major contributors, and continued to publish its “Dishonor Roll” of all the $5,000 and over contributors to the Yes on 8 campaign which it posted on its web site:
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